Coun­cil to buy up pri­vate new- builds

‘ In­no­va­tive’ move for 12 flats to cost £ 1.1m

Ayrshire Post - - Memory Lane - Sarah Hil­ley

New pri­vate flats in Gir­van are to be turned into coun­cil lets.

South Ayrshire Coun­cil are set to splash out £ 1.1mil­lion on buy­ing the 12 new- builds.

De­vel­oper Craig Hunter ap­proached coun­cil of­fi­cials of­fer­ing them the prop­er­ties.

They are lo­cated at North Park Av­enue in the town and con­sist of eight two- bed­room flats and four one- bed­room.

The pur­chase plans were re­vealed at the South Ayrshire Coun­cil lead­er­ship panel meet­ing last Wed­nes­day.

Labour Coun­cil­lor Philip Sax­ton, port­fo­lio holder for hous­ing, said: “We have done a sur­vey show­ing the build­ings are se­cure. “The good thing about buy­ing prop­erty like this is we don’t have to go through plan­ning. They are good to go. They only need se­cu­rity doors.”

Six flats on the ground floor of the block are ac­ces­si­ble for those need­ing level ac­cess.

Coun­cil­lor Sax­ton asked for the coun­cil to roll out a sen­si­tive pol­icy on who is al­lowed to live there.

The prop­er­ties, which will be rented out by the coun­cil, will con­trib­ute to the coun­cil’s tar­get of pro­vid­ing 1000 new af­ford­able homes by 2023.

Speak­ing at the Lead­er­ship Panel, Gir­van SNP coun­cil­lor Peter Hen­der­son de­scribed the move as “in­no­va­tive”.

He said: “I can’t re­call this be­ing done be­fore. It shows ini­tia­tive and good prac­tice es­pe­cially as we are sav­ing money.”

The de­vel­oper of­fered the coun­cil a 7.5 per cent dis­count for buy­ing them all. Talks have taken place to dis­cuss the deal.

Char­tered sur­vey­ors Shep­herd car­ried out the val­u­a­tion of the flats.

In­stalling a door en­try sys­tem has been priced at £ 12,000.

Pur­chase The coun­cil is set to splash out £ 1.1 mil­lion on buy­ing the 12 new builds

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